According to SocialMediaToday and other top Social Media news sites, this week Linkedin will be making all groups private. Up until now you have had a choice when setting up a group to make them public (anyone can join at the click of a button and start discussions) or private (people have to request to join and be accepted before they can take part). As of 14th October this is changing so all groups will become private meaning only group members will be able to view discussions and contribute. This means that search engines such as Google won't be able to find group content to share in search results, it will be exclusive to members only. The choices for groups will now be:
- Won't appear in LinkedIn's directory listing of Groups
- Group badges won't display on members' profiles
- Only Group owners and managers can invite and approve acceptance of new members
- Members can invite first-degree LinkedIn connections
- Members can approve requests to join from these connections
They are also making some amends to the posts within groups meaning the most useful content should show in the group feed whereas things that have been flagged as having a low quality score will be filtered out to a moderation queue for the group owner to look at.
Venturebeat also reports that Linkedin are making changes to ensure that group users will be less bombarded by email notifications from groups, which is definitely music to our ears.
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